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Tips for Painting the Exterior of your Home – The Paint Preparation

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Painting your home doesn’t have to be a daunting task, taking the time to properly prepare the house before you start with the finishing layers will help make the job easier and make it look much better. If you use our the correct techniques and quality products, you can have a professional finish for a fraction of the cost, by doing it yourself.

Repairs -

  • Timber: Replace or repair any rotten timber and be sure to fill in any cracks or holes with filler. Use a putty knife to apply the filler and overfill as there will be shrinkage as it sets.
  • Brick or Masonry Work: Scrape away loose paint and using a scraper or broad blade knife, fill any holes or cracks with filler. Use a rag or a brush to rough up the filler before its completely dried so it matches the rest of the surface.

Sanding –

Any areas that are peeling or cracking need to be sanded back, any large defects will need a filler and to be primed. If your masonry surface is painted, you can use a high pressure cleaner and a stiff brush, for paint on wood, sandpaper is all that you really need (a mechanical sander can save time if you need to cover a large area)

A thorough light sanding will be required even if the paintwork is in a good condition.

Painting Bricks, Cement and Masonry –

Remove any lose material with a hard brush and the surface will need to be primed to improve its adhesion to the paint and the paints durability. Concrete, Concrete Bricks, Mortar and Cement Render need to cure for a minimum amount of time before being painted so check these with your local paint shop who can assist with your surface. Curing  protects the cement from moisture loss  and reduces the chance of your paint cracking.

Metal –

Metals that are prone to rust need a special metal primer applied before the topcoat to ensure rust is not an issue. Paint will not adhere to some metals metals (like aluminium, brass, copper and stainless steel) these surfaces will need to be scrubbed with a scouring pad prior and cleaned again before primer is applied.

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